85 babies test positive for COVID-19 in a Texas county

Modesto Morganelli
Luglio 19, 2020

Cases across the whole of Texas have risen rapidly since mid-June. "We now have 85 babies under the age of one year in Nueces County that have all tested positive for Covid-19", said Annette Rodriguez, director of public health for Corpus Christi Nueces County, per CNN.

Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health Director Annette Rodriguez said on Friday that the 85 infants were all younger than one year, but offered no other details - including how the children are suspected to have become infected. "Please allow us to block the spread of this illness" by remaining home except for essential excursions, socially propounded and wearing masks in people, Rodriguez explained. The surge in cases came two months after the state's Phase II reopening and one month after the Phase III reopening.

The report said the condition of the babies wasn't released, and "health officials aren't entirely clear about the effects of the virus on children".

"You can see the trend line is relatively flat until July, and this is where we have had that huge spike in cases, and this is why it's turned into a major problem for Nueces County", Corpus Christi city manager Peter Zanoni said.

The state set a record Thursday when it reported more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has finally issued a statewide mask mandate and closed down previously open establishments like bars, but the White House Coronavirus Task Force designated nearly half of Texas' 254 counties as "red zones" - an area where at least 10% of COVID-19 tests are positive - and Texas hospitals are quickly filling to capacity and running out of ICU beds.

In Cameron and Hidalgo counties, health officials are amassing refrigerated trucks for body storage because morgues won't have enough room.

"We need to provide local authorities to counties and local cities to do what is best for their communities", they wrote.

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